Monthly Archives: June 2010

I Wanna Slow Jam This News

I just wanted to take the time to pass this onto those of you who haven’t seen this yet. The clip is a segment from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where instead of telling you the “news”…they slow jam it. This is of course made even better by the fact that The Roots are his house band, and Brian Williams from NBC’s Nightly News stops in to help out. They have done this a few times before and they’re always great…makes me wish real news channels would slow jam their news. That would make for some great TV.

You’ll find out, if you haven’t already, that I’m a pretty devoted fan of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Say what you want about the guy, but he’s definitely going to be around for a while. It’s refreshing to watch a late night show where the host is thankful to be there and looks like he’s enjoying every second of it. I try to recruit new fans to the show whenever I possibly can, and if you’re not a fan then you’re pretty much dead to me. Yeah that’s right. Okay that may be a bit extreme, but I’ll judge you and hate you for a good 5-10 minutes straight for it.

Enjoy the clip!

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Brian Williams slow jam the news.


Party Down

I’m currently watching (over and over again) a show called “Party Down” on Starz. I should also note that I don’t actually have the Starz channel, and that I watch it via streaming Netflix.

“Party Down” is a show about a catering team in Los Angeles comprised of struggling actors/actresses and a team leader who tries hard, but often fails. I’m not sure why I love this show so much, but I think it has a lot to do with the cast that features Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch (Season 1), Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, and Megan Mullally (Season 2).

In lieu of a detailed review, I would like for you to just watch the show and find yourself as wrapped up in it as I did. I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you. Give it three episodes to learn the characters and you’ll be hooked. I expect at least one person to quit their job and go to work for a catering company.

Twitter Tracker

I logged onto twitter tonight to see what was trending (this is how I get my news…sad, I know), and I saw that Bill Cosby was a trending topic. My immediate reaction was that he had passed away. Of course I clicked to see what all the commotion was and apparently he is NOT dead, but rather very alive and on Lopez Tonight. As it turned out, I wasn’t the only person who thought he had died.

Since I started typing this, 96 people have commented about Bill Cosby on twitter and all of them thought he died too. This of course should keep him trending for a while, causing even more panic surrounding the non-death of the great Bill Cosby.

I’m curious to see how long this goes on for. Also, I’m curious to see if Bill Cosby has a twitter account. I would love to see his face when he logs in later and sees that all of America thinks he died.

Long live Bill Cosby! Thanks twitter for trying to kill a legend. I really need to find a more reliable news source.

Jimmy Kimmel…The Show Must Go On!

This is pretty cool. I’m not sure what most Live TV shows would do in this situation, but my best guess is that they would just scrap the whole thing and start fresh the next day. Last night, Jimmy Kimmel was dealing with power outage issues that kept them from being able to broadcast the show as they normally do. Not to be defeated, Kimmel decided he would broadcast the show from his laptop. I’ve read a few articles today saying that this will start a new trend and a few “copycats”…I say, not so much. It worked well for him last night, but I don’t see this as becoming a regular thing.

A few weeks ago, Jimmy Fallon did a thing where you could “Watch Jimmy With Jimmy.” Basically what he did was devise a way for fans to go online and watch Jimmy watch his own show. His show is not taped live, so he has the power to do this. Kind of similar to the Kimmel situation…but mostly not.

The biggest surprise to me is how well his audience and guests reacted to the unorthodox taping. I work with a lot of musicians and I don’t know many that would have agreed to do what his musical guest, Dierks Bentley, did last night. Instead of taking the “diva” route, they stripped the whole thing down and did an acoustic performance in front of the laptop camera.

In all…thumbs up to Kimmel for not letting his fans down. I’m not a regular watcher of the show, but I just might have to become one. I’m loyal to shows that treat their fans well, and he seems to do a great job of that.

Jimmy Kimmel Power Outage

My Grandmother

I just got an email from my grandmother (who we call Nana).  The subject of the email was “The Fire…”.  I was intrigued from the start.  After reading it I could only laugh and shake my head.  Here it is, and keep in mind that she was born and raised and still lives in Iowa.  Here it is verbatim:
Subj: The Fire…

The Fire Chief Explains:  In South Los Angeles , a 4-plex was destroyed by a
fire.  A Nigerian family of six con artists lived on the first floor, and all six
died in the fire.  An Islamic group of seven welfare cheats, all illegally in the country from
Kenya , lived on the second floor, and they, too, all perished in the fire.

6 LA, Hispanic, Gang Banger, ex-cons, lived on the 3rd floor and they, too,
died.  A lone, white couple lived on the top floor. The couple survived the fire.

Jesse Jackson, John Burris and Al Sharpton were furious. They flew into LA
and met with the fire chief, on camera.  They loudly demanded to know why
the Blacks, Black Muslims and Hispanics all died in the fire and only the
white couple lived?

The fire chief said, “They were at work.”

That’s my grandmother ladies and gentlemen.

– Later

Moving…2 More Days

We began moving into the new apartment last night.  At least we’re not moving to a 3rd story walk up apartment again.  We’ve already learned that lesson.  Tonight the plan is to get the bedrooms and couch into the apartment.  I’m not really sure how long that will take though…hopefully will go smoothly…hopefully.  After tonight I’ll probably want to shoot myself.  Two more days…

Summer O' Fun

Given that I have to work…it’s not possible to have a “summer vacation”.  I do, however, plan trying to do as much as I possibly can this summer in my off time.  I already have a trip to LA planned at the end of June for 8 days.  I also plan to go to New York City at the end of July.  I would like to go back to New York before the end of August and Los Angeles again before November.  Let’s see what happens…

I have also made notes in my calendar for when my favorite comics come to town.  My whole New York trip is based on Tracy Morgan playing Caroline’s on Broadway.  My thought is that if I base a trip around something, like a comedy show, that I really want to see…then it’s totally justified.  Sounds alright???  I think so.

Later nerds

Rumble at the "Chick"

So I was in the drive-thru at the Chick-fil-A today off of Cumberland Pkwy in Atlanta, GA…and there was a girl (early early 20’s) driving a Lexus SUV in front of me (daddy’s money).  She had 5 coupons that she planned to use for free Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches.

She starts to order, “Like, ummm, I have five coupons for a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich…so I want four of them to be Grilled and the other regular.”  Almost immediately, the cashier came back with, “Okay, that’s fine.  I will just have to charge you the difference in price for the Grilled chicken sandwich.”  This apparently didn’t sit well with Ms. Lexus.  She responded, “well we do this here all the time, I don’t see why I have to pay extra for this…It says ‘One Free Chick-fil-A Chicken sandwich’…they’re all chicken sandwiches”.  The cashier said, “I understand that, but the Original sandwich is called the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, and so the monetary value of the coupon is in the amount of that particular sandwich, which is $2.75.”   Ms. Lexus was furious at this point…”well can you ask your manager if we can get them all for free”.

At this point I’m just feeling bad that I’m not able to videotape this.  The 5 sandwiches, at most, would be around $15 total if they were to pay full price.  The difference in price of these two sandwiches is maybe $0.10 – $0.50.  So, at most, they would be paying a collective amount of $2.00 for the upcharged grilled chicken.

The cashier came back after asking the manager and told Ms. Lexus that they weren’t able to do that.  So instead of just getting the 5 sandwiches…she speeds off.  I’m not sure what her deal was…but I’d imagine she drove to another Chick-fil-A and tried the same thing, and probably spent more getting there than she was going to pay for the extra charge.

In summary,  Ms. Lexus…you are thankfully a rare person in this world and should be euthanized.  Not only did you give the nice cashier a hard time, you also made me wait behind you while you tried to get freebies.  Nobody likes a freeloader.

– Fin

Sifting Through Piles Of Crap

Over the past couple of years, whenever I think of something funny (or just clever) I write it down.  This practice has resulted in mounds of just awful content…and then nuggets of good content.  Now guess what I get to do…I get to decide what is worth keeping and what gets set on fire.  I have to come up with some sort of judging criteria in what I will keep though.  If it was a good idea, but just poorly thought out, I’ll keep it and work on it.  Ultimately I would want these ideas translated to screenwriting for TV, or a comedy act.

I’ll probably start going through all of this once I move next week.  I’ll get situated and try to make magic happen.